If there was more proof required that center back is still Newcastle’s biggest weakness then it was there for all to see yesterday when we were mauled by Manchester City and lost the game 6-1 and that’s the first time we have conceded six goals since we lost 6-0 to Liverpool at St. James’ Park on 27th April, 2013.
Remy Cabella – struggling at Marseille
The Chronicle is reporting that when Remy Cabella plays 12 games for Marseille it will trigger an automatic transfer, much like happened with Davide Santon earlier this year when he went on loan to Inter Milan.
Why did we let Davide move?
Remy has played seven games so far, but that assumes Marseille will keep playing him since he’s been in poor form for the south of France club who are struggling this season and are currently 5th bottom.
If we don´t improve our position in the league table significantly by January it’s almost a certainty that Mike Ashley will make some big money available but Newcastle will have to spend wisely.
With our current start to the season, it’s not looking like money was spent wisely in the summer – especially the 12M purchase of Florian Thauvin, who had a poor season for Marseille last season.
Florian seems to be making a similar start to his career at Newcastle as Cabella did last year.
And maybe one of the big problems at Newcastle is that Chief Scout has too much say in who is brought in with Florian being one of his big favorites and he´s been after him for over three years.
It´s very early to make too much of the signing other than to say he looks to be struggling with the physical side of the Premier League – much like Cabella did.
One of the worries we have is that if Newcastle bring in more players from the continent in January then it will be difficult for them to make an instant impact on the team – which is what we need in January.
The transfer policy of buying players from the continent who will be good in a year or two is a flawed one.
The fact that Alan Pardew is doing so well at Crystal Palace with the manager in charge of all recruitment suggests that may be one of the problems at Newcastle.
The head coach – if he is going to be judged on team performances – should have the right to say which players are brought in during the transfer window.
There´s something wrong with the way Newcastle are being run – and that may be one of the big problems.
Certainly since the summer of 2011 we have not done well in the transfer market which is one reason we have not done well in the league since that 2011-2012 season when we finished 5th.
Newcastle have been in relegation battles twice since then.
What do you think?